Friday, July 1, 2011
Those big buses, they got no game. Straight up.
Ganko means 'stubborn', and refers, I suppose, to the insistence on making their ramen in an odd way. With beef bones.
You'd think it also refers to the strictness of the shop rules, like at that ridiculous 69 'n' Roll place. Certainly they don't want you to use cell phones.
Emboldened, I mentioned that I had been to the Ganko in BaBa, and then asked about my beloved Fukumen. I had heard that the old master there was, in fact, THE old master, the one who invented Ganko ramen.
It's a mark of respect, I think, that the master here puts on his cards "8th Generation of Ichijo's Style". If you're struggling to put the math together, I surmise that a new generation starts when one finishes apprenticing with Ichijo san. He's only been making Ganko for 20 years or so, according to this guy.
something strangely right about Ganko ramen. It doesn't look like much, but the taste is always good. It stays with you. Their style of chashu is also neat - big, round, fatty slices that are so thin they almost dissolve in the soup. It's not my style, but I love it here.